I've let you down...

No one reads this blog, but I kinda don't care. Browsing the new profile features of the site led me to the disappointing realization that my last blog post was not only from 2010, but also saying I'd fallen out of love with video games. Whilst true, I had, that didn't last long.

Man, video games are great! Sure, we're in a transition period where console games are (generally) pretty shoddy, and the PC "master race" climbs out of their pits to tell us we're all following the wrong path (and heck, they're probably right for a little while), but video games are awesome.

I've not had much time to play during term time (final term of university... scary), but over the Christmas break, I took part in a global war across Tyria, raced my way to the top of the Horizon festival and battled cops whilst fighting as Master Chief and taking part in some covert ops. That was just three weeks, but video games are awesome.

The PlayStation "meeting"... sure, they didn't show a box, but who really cares? A box goes under your tele, and you only care about it when you need to insert or remove a disc. What matters is that the video games looked awesome. Even existing IPs like Killzone and inFamous looked great, and I was never really into those franchises in the current generation.

The next generation is coming. The hype train is leaving the station. A fight is on our hands and video games are f'in awesome!

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Games (or lack of)

So... recently, I've been finding myself falling out of love with video games. The problem is probably half due to me now being a student, with little spare money to spend on video games, so when I buy a game, it either has to be 5* quality or be very long lasting. Due to this, I see me having to justify any purchase I attempt, often leading to me not buying the game in the end.
 
Anyways, moving back to games, I notice that LittleBigPlanet 2 has been delayed until January. Both sad and great news. Sad, because I was very much looking forward to playing it, having brought a PS3 mainly for the original game. But good, because there are several games coming out soon which look pretty good... 
 

  • Borderlands: Game of the Year edition (never played it first time round)
  • Fallout: New Vegas (Fallout 3 was amazing!)
  • Fable 3 (need I say anything?)
  • Assassins Creed: Brotherhood
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
 
Among others. Maybe I haven't fallen out of love with video games. Maybe I just don't have the time to play them any more.
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Journeys in Assassin's Creed II

Alright, I previously said my completionist nature of playing games has ruined my enjoyment of Assassin's Creed II. Now that i'm over half-way through the gruelling collection missions (and those horrible assassination missions), I'm really starting to enjoy it. 
 
I'm on about memory block 8 or 9, and the main story still hasn't really gripped me. There's just something about the character of Ezio that hasn't clicked with me the same way Altair did. There was one bit however (I won't mention it here due to possible spoilers) that I absolutely LOVED, however that didn't last too long :( 
 
Anyways, i'm hoping to continue playing it and hopefully finish it this week. Pretty excited to see how the story ends and if there's any indication on what Assassin's Creed 3 will be focused on. Oh, and there's that Brotherhood game. That doesn't look too great, I might skip that one.

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Half way point...

Well, just a quick update again to say i'm now half way through my exams (I've got another 3, but they are spread over the next month) and the last three exams went really, really well (I think). 
 
I started playing Assassin's Creed 2 the other day, and whilst i'm finding the collective nature of my personality to be my downfall, it doesn't seem too bad. I just wished I could stop collecting crap and get on with the storyline, as the collecting bits of the game aren't too fun. Especially the feather things. 
 
Anyways, I'm contemplating buying a game soon however not sure what to buy. I'm thinking Red Dead Redemption to follow the horse-back theme. Oh, and it looks awesome too. The thing keeping me back is the fact I haven't yet finished the GTA IV storyline, not even got half way. I should do that first. 
 
Until next time!

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What would make you stop playing games?

So, had my first exam of the Summer 2010 season the other day. Went pretty alright, I think, and the paper seemed very easy. Got the second one tomorrow - "Programming Techniques and Logical Methods". Hopefully won't be too bad. Really, really, really would love to get an A in it, so up a bit earlier tomorrow to do some quick last-minute revision. 
 
Anyways, the point of this blog. I've been in secondary school for 7 years now, and it's my last year at sixth form, doing my A2 levels. I have never felt this much stress/anxiety over the exams. This time, it really feels like I need to put in a lot of effort - and I have done. I'd love to get the grades I need for University in September, and will be devastated if I don't. 
 
I've even stopped playing games. 
 
What would make you to stop playing games?

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Well, that went well...

I know I probably have none of you reading this, but it's nice for my own sanity. Basically, last blog (back in May), I said i'd try to boost my achievements rating by getting every game to a C rank. Well, I haven't really done much work, and i've added to the list of games I need to get to a C. Namely, the one barrier being Too Human. I stupidly bought it dirt cheap in a game store sale, but later found I absolutely hate the mechanics of the game. Ah well. 

Well, seeing as though I recently brought myself a PS3 Slim, I decided to do a similar thing but with trophies, and i'm trying to keep it so I can't get lost in a mess of 100 gamerscore games. Basically, i'm allowing myself 3 games below 75% completion, and I won't buy any more games until one of those games are at 75%. At the minute, my games are: LittleBigPlanet, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Motorstorm: Pacific Rift.
 
My thoughts on those games? LittleBigPlanet is truly amazing, I think the art style is brilliant and the gameplay (if done right) is brilliant. I haven't had much chance to play Batman yet, but from the first look, i'm very impressed. Finally, Motorstorm: Pacific Rift is a trick one. I really like the game, however I sometimes find the difficulty too crushing to be fun. 
 
Anyways, hopefully, i'll maintain this mantra. Hopefully.

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First blog! Oh, and ACHIEVEMENTS!!!

Well, hello Giant Bomb world! This is my first blog post however i've been a member of the site since its conception. I've loved every single thing about the website, even Jeff and Ryan's microcasts on AudioBoo. Basically, with the new achievements feature, I thought i'd use the blog to set (and hopefully complete) video game based challenges using the new achievements feature. I'm going to be honest - I will be starting small, however hopefully that will grow in size. At the minute, most of my aims will probably be rank-based, however expect that soon to move on to "gain all achievements" or "gain super-hard achievement", something like that. Of course, with the grade boundaries constantly changing, I might move back to the rank-based ones at some point. Now, with no further a do, let's move on to my first aim.

  • Get (and maintain) every game to at least a C rank.
At the minute, my D rank games include: Blue Dragon, EndWar, Skate, GTA IV PC, Need for Speed: Carbon, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Banjo-Kazooie and Joust. I plan on this for being a fairly long-term goal as i'm not a particually great fan of any of these games. I will admit, I love GTA IV, but i've already played it quite a lot on the Xbox 360 (however haven't completed it). Hopefully, i'll pull my finger out and get NFS: Most Wanted done by my next update, and possibly Joust.
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